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 April 2017 

Strictly limited engagement prior to Broadway

The world premiere of the new musical Sousatzka is based on the original novel Madame Sousatzka by Bernice Rubens. Set in 1982 London, Sousatzka tells the story of a young musical prodigy torn between two powerful women from vastly different worlds: his mother (a political refugee in a strange land) and his piano teacher (a brilliant eccentric with a shattered past). These two proud, iconoclastic women must ultimately cross cultural and racial divides to find common ground, or else put the boy’s bright future in jeopardy.

Sousatzka features a compelling fusion of South African, eastern European, classical, jazz and contemporary music. It is at once emotional, humourous, exhilarating and full of hope – while, at the same time, dealing with some of the most profound social and political issues confronting our lives today.

The show – directed by Adrian Noble – stars Tony Award® winner Victoria Clark and Tony Award® nominee Montego Glover, and is choreographed by 10-time Tony Award® nominee Graciela Daniele.

Tickets: $60 to $175

Performance schedule

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 7, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2 p.m.

For more information, call Ticketmaster at 1-855-622-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ticketmaster.ca, or buy them at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre box office (Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until show time on performance days; closed Sunday and Monday).

Location:

Elgin Theatre
189 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario

RICH BROWN – BASS   ROBI BOTOS – PIANO   LARNELL LEWIS – DRUMS   LUIS DENIZ – SAXOPHONE

Bassist Rich Brown formed Rinse The Algorithm in 2004 with the purpose of taking a modern approach to the idea that Jazz was the original dance music. The music, while rooted in the Jazz tradition, is also heavily influenced by the Jazz-Rock and Jazz-Funk groups of the 70s, 80s, and 90s (i.e. Weather Report, Miles Davis, Steve Coleman) but the main objective is to combine these older and newer traditions with elements of modern forms of dance music. The result of this amalgamation of musical ideas is a fresh new sound that combines sophisticated harmonic and melodic concepts with a heavily groove oriented rhythmic base.

https://rinsethealgorithm.bandcamp.com/

Time: 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $20

Stephanie Martin – vocals   Chad Irschick – piano    Tom Szczesniak – bass   Eric St. Laurent – guitar   David MacDougall – drums/percussion

In a captivating evening of story and song, singer-songwriter Stephanie Martin celebrates some of Canada’s most enduring popular music, for Canada’s 150th Anniversary.  Canadian songwriters and vocalists have had an immense global impact bringing our culture and popular music to airwaves and concert halls everywhere.  Martin has selected some favourites while giving audiences a few new personal discoveries with her own critically acclaimed songwriting inspired by artists such as Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell.

Stephanie Martin is a bilingual performer, Canadian songwriter and recording artist with 30 years of national and international experience in theatre, in film, radio and television, and recording arts.

Martin has performed in starring roles in theatrical productions across North America and Europe. She is a featured artist with many North American symphony orchestras with ‘Jean n’Classics’. She has recorded for Disney records, EMI Broadway and Tremma records, and she has written and released three solo recordings of original music, Shape line & harmony (2007), Sailing On (2010) and April Snow (2016).

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $15

His artistic history is so rich and intense that his originality radiates through all of his collaborations and work, Franco D’Andrea is featured at the JAZZ.FM91 Sounds of Italy Concert Series!

A poet with his instrument, rooted in the tradition of Afro-American music, his rhythmic ramblings are detailed with insistent riffs, quotes and authenticity.  D’Andrea has performed with numerous musicians, toured around the world, collaborated with the Scuolva Civica di Musica in Milan, as part of the Civic Jazz course.  With more than 200 recordings in Italy and abroad, within all of his work is a continual tension and dialectic between innovation and tradition.

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED FOR EITHER SHOW THROUGH JAZZ FM ONLY – JAZZ.FM91

TWO SHOWS 7-8 AND 9:30 – 10:30

RESERVATIONS ARE TAKEN FOR DINNER AND SHOW ONLY BY CALLING 416-363-5299

Time: 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $40

A major international talent that’s on its way”  – THE TORONTO STAR  “Canada’s emerging Latin music queen” 680 NEWS

 Musical class on an international level meets driving Caribbean rhythms and first class Latin” – HAMBURG MORNING DAILY

 Espejo is “an eclectic mix of styles performed with artistry and heart.”– WHOLENOTE MAGAZINE

Through years of touring around the world, across Canada, and collaborating with Juno Award-winning performers, Eliana Cuevas has grown into an accomplished singer-songwriter and bandleader with unlimited colours in her compositional and lyrical palette. Among her honours are the National Jazz Award for Latin Jazz Artist of the Year (2009), a nomination for Best World Music Solo Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (2008), a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best World Music Artist (2007), a nomination for Best Latin Song (‘Llegó from ESPEJO) at the Independent Music Awards (2014), an Independent Music Award for Best Latin Album for ESPEJO (2014) and a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best World Music Artist (2014).

Born to a musical family in Venezuela, Cuevas grew up to the sounds of salsa, pop and Brazilian music, writing her first song by the age of 9. After moving to Toronto, she boldly began using a fake ID to play the city’s top jazz clubs despite being underage. Singing for Brazilian, flamenco and jazz ensembles influenced her eclectic sound on her debut EP Cohesión (2001) and first two albums, Ventura (2004) and Vidas (2007). Her engaging voice and songwriting on topics from adventure to forgiveness wowed the local music scene, hailing Cuevas as “Canada’s emerging Latin music queen” (680 News).

Acclaim spread internationally as Cuevas played festivals and theatres in countries from Venezuela to Germany. Following her second album Vidas (2007), Minor Music Records released in Europe an anthology of her music: Luna Llena (2009).  She has performed with Juno-winning Latin artists Alex Cuba, Jesse Cook and Jane Bunnett. Cuevas also continues to collaborate with diverse ensembles including Caribbean Jazz powerhouse CaneFire, the Jorge Miguel Flamenco Ensemble, and Juno-nominated jazz composer Darren Sigesmund, touring venues as far as Australia and Japan.

Time: 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.

Heather Bambrick has been wearing many hats for many years – and all of them fit her well!  She’s a Juno-nominated vocalist, voice actor, broadcaster, and educator, working with some of the best in the business.

Heather has performed internationally collaborating with artists such as Phil Nimmons, Fred Hirsch, Gene DiNovi, Guido Basso, Lea Delaria, Anne Hampton Callaway, Carol Welsman, Jackie Richardson, Ian Shaw, as well as the late Rob McConnell and Peter Appleyard.  She is a founding member of the Beehive Singers (1994 – 2001) and Broadsway, a Jazz / Cabaret ensemble with whom she is currently actively recording and touring.  Heather has been a guest performer with various Jazz ensembles, as well as with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Cathedral Bluffs Orchestra, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.  She will make her debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2017.

Heather will be making her solo debut for two nights with her incredible band-mates Michael Shand, Ross MacIntyre, Daniel Barnes, and Chase Sanborn.  She will be playing tunes from JUNO-nominated  You’ll Never Know, as well as some other favourites and additional treats.

Time: 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $20

Their songs are spiced with amazing grooves, and peppered with emotional, yet powerful vocals, Coldjack is making waves in the music scene, topping charts in a myriad of radio stations with their single Troubled Man, including 11 weeks at No.1 on the Moth.fm in the U.K., 3 weeks at No. 1 on Wave.fm in Canada and 4 weeks at No. 1 on the Smooth 97 Oasis charts.  Their hit-single Troubled Man also won Best RnB song and She Takes Me High won Best Pop song from the Akademia Music Awards in the U.S. in 2016. Fresh and unique, their sound is all their own, however, influences of Level 42, Incognito and Kenny Thomas can be detected by the discerning listener. Lead singer, John Fraser is strongly influenced by Brian Culbertson for his musicianship, song writing and fantastic live performances.

Coldjack is signed to Thunderdome Sounds and produced by Juno-winning and Grammy-nominated Eddie Bullen. Coldjack shares its original songs—including a previously unreleased songFree Your Soul, written by Level 42’s Mark King and Mike Lindup—and uniquely arranged standards with the world in this newly released albumSpitfire Angels. It was a highlight for lead singer John Fraser to communicate with his idols during the recording of the song Free Your Soul.

Lead singer/song-writer John Fraser is originally from London, England but now calls Ontario, Canada home. John began his working career as a professional soccer player and played for Fulham but soon found himself entrenched in the London music scene. He formed the original Coldjack band in the 90s, first as a bass player. As time continued, he started singing and writing for the band and his group performed in such venues as London’s Mean Fiddler and The Rock Garden. The band worked with Gary Newman in his studio, recording two original songs.

Time: 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $20

Starting and ending at Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street

On the the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, join us on a walking tour in the Yonge and Dundas neighbourhood and learn about the role of the iconic T. Eaton Company, whose flagship store was located on Yonge at Queen Street. Discover the lives of Eaton's employees who enlisted in the Great War, as well as those of their families who stayed behind. No longer here to tell the tales for themselves, these ordinary people risked their lives serving in one of the worst wars in modern history. The tour will take place on April 9th, the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

$10 per person including tax.

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Mackenzie House
Address: 82 Bond St.

Join vocalist ADI BRAUN with pianist TOM KING, bassist PAT COLLINS, and drummer, DANIEL BARNES, for a sneak peek at Adi’s forthcoming CD, celebrating the music of Berlin cabaret with songs by Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollaender, Mischa Spoliansky, and Adi’s own Weimar-inspired originals. Adi spins her signature magic in such familiar tunes as “Speak Low” and “Mack the Knife” and puts her unique interpretative stamp on other well-known and lesser-known cabaret gems.  Guest appearances by guitarist Tony Quarrington and clarinetist Juan Gabriel Olivarez.  This is an evening not to be missed!

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $20

Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Join Carolyn Eady of Sprouts Press at Mackenzie House for an evening of book and paper fun! Learn how to craft your own, hand bound, soft cover journal. Then use the 1850s press to print the cover of your book. This workshop will introduce you to the tools of the trade, material and techniques to make a soft cover book. All supplies included.

Everyone will leave with a finished product. $45/person plus tax. Only 12 participants per workshop

Location: Mackenzie House
Address: 82 Bond St.

Photo: Bruce Zinger

This opera – the most profound example of French lyric theatre in the 17th century – is a stunning French baroque masterpiece about love, betrayal and revenge. Medea, the powerful sorceress of Greek myth, betrays her country and her family in order to assist her lover Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece. When she is no longer of use to him, Jason abandons her for a prestigious political marriage. In so doing, Jason has vastly underestimated Medea’s power, and she exacts a terrible vengeance that envelops everyone closest to his heart.

Performance schedule

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets: $39 to $194

For more information, call Ticketmaster at 1-855-622-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ticketmaster.ca, or buy them at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre box office (Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until show time on performance days; closed Sunday and Monday).

Location:

Elgin Theatre
189 Yonge Street

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Begins at Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street
Find out how immigrant culture has changed local food life in Toronto with Chris Theofilogiannakos, a Greek-Canadian and historical interpreter. Chris will share his immigrant experience to reflect on questions of identity, migration, home, citizenship and belonging. The walking tour will end at the Market Gallery in St. Lawrence Market to explore the exhibit, Settling in Toronto: The Quest for Freedom, Opportunity and Identity.

No Food is included in the ticket price. $10 tax included.

Location: Mackenzie House
Address: 82 Bond St.

Year-round guided tours of this National Historic Site – the last operating double-decker theatre in the world – last for 1½ hours and recount the history and restoration of the complex. Visit the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin Theatre, the unique and resplendent Winter Garden Theatre and samples from the world’s largest collection of vaudeville scenery. As well, a backstage exhibit housing the Winter Garden’s original Simplex Silent Film Projector and a dressing room containing artifacts from the time period are on view.

Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required

Location:

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre
189 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario

Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg

Time: 11:00 AM

Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

In partnership with Gravenfeather Studio, Mackenzie House presents a workshop where participants will learn about early printing in Toronto, and design and print their own poster on a 1850s Washington Press.

$65/person plus tax. Only 6 people per workshop.

Location: Mackenzie House
Address: 82 Bond St.

Year-round guided tours of this National Historic Site – the last operating double-decker theatre in the world – last for 1½ hours and recount the history and restoration of the complex. Visit the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin Theatre, the unique and resplendent Winter Garden Theatre and samples from the world’s largest collection of vaudeville scenery. As well, a backstage exhibit housing the Winter Garden’s original Simplex Silent Film Projector and a dressing room containing artifacts from the time period are on view.

Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required

Location:

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre
189 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario

Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg

Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Year-round guided tours of this National Historic Site – the last operating double-decker theatre in the world – last for 1½ hours and recount the history and restoration of the complex. Visit the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin Theatre, the unique and resplendent Winter Garden Theatre and samples from the world’s largest collection of vaudeville scenery. As well, a backstage exhibit housing the Winter Garden’s original Simplex Silent Film Projector and a dressing room containing artifacts from the time period are on view.

Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required

Location:

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre
189 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario

Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg

Time: 11:00 AM

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